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China Says 32 People, Mostly Iranians, Missing After Oil Tanker Collision
- January 08, 2018

South Korea has also sent a ship and helicopter to help. The ministry said oil spilled into the sea, but did not specify the area of contamination. It was carrying a $60m (£44m) cargo equivalent to slightly under a million barrels. The Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Sanchi was being operated by Iran's Glory Shipping. Thirty Iranians and two Bangladeshis were on board the Sanchi when it was involved in the collision. (more...)
Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears
- January 08, 2018

Marijuana is legal in eight states and the District of Columbia for recreational use. "One wonders if Trump was consulted - it is Jeff Sessions after all - because this would violate his campaign promise not to interfere with state marijuana laws". (more...)
Revelstoke search and rescuers looking for 2 missing snowmobilers Revelstoke search and rescuers looking for 2 missing snowmobilers
- January 08, 2018

Revelstoke RCMP have closed snowmobile access to the mountain today to allow a search and rescue mission for Taylor Dumonceaux and Andrew Macleod, both 24. They likely had no food, water or overnight equipment. "This has been done in the past with success". No official confirmation from RCMP or Revelstoke Search and Rescue has been obtained at this time. (more...)
Russian Federation criticises U.S. decision to call United Nations meeting on Iranian protests Russian Federation criticises U.S. decision to call United Nations meeting on Iranian protests
- January 08, 2018

The demonstrations against economic hardships began on December 28 in Mashad and spread to other places. While Russia believes the UN Security Council has no business getting involved, British ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was "right and proper - indeed, our responsibility to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to global peace and security". (more...)
Israel Reportedly Aims to Bar 20 Organizations From Country Over Boycott Calls
- January 07, 2018

Numerous organizations on the list are affiliated with the " boycott, divestment and sanctions " movement, or BDS, which discourages the purchase of Israeli goods and pressures worldwide companies and celebrities to avoid doing business with or in Israel. (more...)
Late-Night Hosts Are Campaigning for Trump's 'Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards' Late-Night Hosts Are Campaigning for Trump's 'Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards'
- January 07, 2018

They even quote Scott Baio! It won't be running live in prime-time Monday, but it's a cinch to dominate the 5 p.m. time slot. Stephen Colbert , who has launched a hasty but dedicated awards campaign. Trump thinks about his presidency as an hour-by-hour exercise in programming, which is clear from his Twitter feed and the way he drives the coverage to new topics-say, National Football League protestors-when he wants to change the story line. (more...)
Putin sends Christmas greetings to Orthodox Christians, all Russians Putin sends Christmas greetings to Orthodox Christians, all Russians
- January 07, 2018

Palestinian state news agency WAFA however said president Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Rami Hamdallah were expected to attend Saturday's procession. "Our move today is a protest against the patriarch over the sale of land of the Orthodox", Mayor Nicola Khamis told AFP. But Khamis says the practice continues. (more...)
Iran Arrests Its Former President for 'Inciting Unrest' Iran Arrests Its Former President for 'Inciting Unrest'
- January 07, 2018

A series of unconfirmed reports allege that the former Iranian president had been detained and placed under house arrest following allegations that he either supported or incited unrest that has rocked the Middle Eastern nation since late December 2017. (more...)
Peter Sutherland, former Irish attorney general, dies aged 71 Peter Sutherland, former Irish attorney general, dies aged 71
- January 07, 2018

A barrister by profession, he was appointed Ireland's attorney general in 1981 at the age of just 35. "All of this came after a lifetime of contributions to public life at home and overseas". In his later life, he focused on his work on migration issues with the UN. "A true patriot who had the interests of Ireland at heart". Former taoiseach John Bruton said that Mr Sutherland was a "brave and highly competent attorney general of Ireland". (more...)
32 missing, oil spills out after tanker collision off China
- January 07, 2018

The Chinese vessel had been damaged but "the safety of the ship was not jeopardized" and all its 21 Chinese crew had been rescued, officials from the Ministry of Transport said. "We have no information on their fate", he said. The 32 missing crew members were all from the Iranian tanker Sanchi , carrying 136,000 tonnes of oil the time of the crash. (more...)
US Treasury Department sanctions Iranian firms US Treasury Department sanctions Iranian firms
- January 07, 2018

State Department also said it had added three individuals linked to Al-Qaeda to its global terrorist list. The Trump administration sanctioned five "key" Iranian entities it says are involved in the country's ballistic missile program. We have ample authorities to hold accountable those who commit violence against protestors, contribute to censorship, or steal from the people of Iran . (more...)
Sushma meets new Asean Secretary General Sushma meets new Asean Secretary General
- January 07, 2018

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held talks with ASEAN Secretary General Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi as India steps up efforts to strengthen engagements with the countries of the region under its "Act East" policy. Referring to the presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the event, she said: "It is a symbol of resurgence of India's Northeast as mentioned". (more...)
Oil tanker collides with vessel off China coast, 32 crew members missing
- January 07, 2018

China's Ministry of Transport said the missing people are its crew - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. Of those missing, 30 are Iranian nationals and two are from Bangladesh, according to the Chinese government. It was due to arrive at Daesan in South Korea from Kharg Island in Iran on Sunday, according to Reuters ship tracking. The 225-meter-long second vessel CF CRYSTAL, carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain, was partly damaged in the collision. (more...)
More details of Messi's release clause emerge More details of Messi's release clause emerge
- January 07, 2018

It runs until June 2021 and contains a €700m ($843m) buy-out clause. A source at Barcelona said that "for reasons of confidentiality the club never comments on contractual relations with players". The paper claims Messi demanded that Barca insert a release clause in his latest contract, signed late past year, which stipulates that he will only stay at the club in the event of independence if they remain in "a top European league". (more...)
Jake Tapper Shuts Down Stephen Miller For 'Wasting My Viewers' Time'
- January 07, 2018

Miller dismissed both Bannon and Wolff's credibility, saying the author was a "garbage author of a garbage book", and that claims in the book were "a pile of trash". At one point, Tapper implores Miller to "settle down". It may have been a a satisfying climax to anyone in tune with reality, but the one viewer that mattered immediately gave Miller a glowing review for his performance. (more...)
Eight refugees die in shipwreck off Libya Eight refugees die in shipwreck off Libya
- January 07, 2018

A spokesman for Libya's navy and coastguard said the boat capsized and sank in global waters and that they did not have the resources to rescue them. All eight of the victims have been confirmed as female and the rescue mission is expected to continue into the night. According to the latest data of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a total of 118,928 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea through the Central Mediterranean route in 2017. (more...)
'F**king child': Trump taunted for Twitter 'tantrum' over Michael Wolff's new book 'F**king child': Trump taunted for Twitter 'tantrum' over Michael Wolff's new book
- January 07, 2018

Wolff said he stands by everything in his book and has notes and recordings to back it up. But Mr Trump has criticised the book as inaccurate and its author as a "loser" who had little access to the President and mostly relied on Steve Bannon , his former top aide and chief strategist. (more...)
Russian Federation and Syrian airstrikes kill 17 civilians in east Ghouta, says NGO Russian Federation and Syrian airstrikes kill 17 civilians in east Ghouta, says NGO
- January 07, 2018

A series of attacks carried out on Saturday in the district killed 12 people in the Hammuriyeh area, three in Arbin city and two in Medyara, the British-based monitor said. "For the third time in less than a week, the Maternity and Pediatric Hospital in Ma'arrat An Nu'man..." The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies the charges. (more...)
WTA Brisbane: Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Anastasija Sevastova to reach final WTA Brisbane: Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Anastasija Sevastova to reach final
- January 07, 2018

Two of Svitolina's 10 aces, along with a service victor, came in the final game of the match as she wrapped up her 10th career title in 66 mintes. ATP/WTA Brisbane International: Women: Final: Elina Svitolina bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1. (more...)
Rohingya insurgents launch ambush in Rakhine
- January 07, 2018

In her article shared by IOM, titled 'Desperate, Destitute, Damaged: "The Plight of Myanmar's Persecuted Rohingya Muslim Refugees", Fiona said aid agencies are working alongside the Bangladesh government and military to improve roads and drainage and identify new areas for shelter construction ahead of the rains. (more...)
Watch Now on Sunrise: Still Brutal, Bomb Cyclone Watch Now on Sunrise: Still Brutal, Bomb Cyclone
- January 07, 2018

The storm is crawling up the northeastern American Thursday morning with a threat of winds gusting as high as 60 miles per hour and a bone-chilling blast of Arctic air. That's why the National Weather Service is flying hurricane hunter planes into the building storm: to give forecasters a better idea of where the most intense weather will hit. (more...)
Fire and Fury: people queue for a copy of controversial Trump book Fire and Fury: people queue for a copy of controversial Trump book
- January 07, 2018

A Washington, D.C., bookstore reportedly sold out of copies of Michael Wolff's " Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House " minutes after its release. "It's all about him". Contained in Wolff's book is seemingly page after page of embarrassing descriptions of the West Wing as disorganized and back-biting, and of the president as ignorant, inept and, perhaps worst of all, possessing declining mental faculties. (more...)
Palestine quashes reports of its envoy to Pakistan being reinstated Palestine quashes reports of its envoy to Pakistan being reinstated
- January 07, 2018

Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) in statement said the country's unambiguous and steadfast support to the Palestinian cause was well known and several rallies had been held since the U.S. Ashrafi said that the Palestinian president reinstated Ambassador Ali and he will return to Pakistan on Wednesday to resume his duty. Palestine's Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija said that the ambassador did not meet Saeed personally. (more...)
Trump Justice Department Now Probing Clinton Foundation
- January 07, 2018

The U.S. Justice Department has renewed its investigation into the Clinton Foundation , amid ongoing allegations of corruption. Clinton's chief spokesman, Nick Merrill, on Friday morning excoriated the Federal Bureau of Investigation for re-opening the case, calling the probe "disgraceful" and suggesting it was nothing more than a political distraction from President Trump's Russian Federation controversies. (more...)
Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Florida Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Florida
- January 07, 2018

TexasLottery confirms 2 tickets in #HOU-area matched 5 of 5 #MegaMillions numbers. 1 won $1M, the other won $3M. Numbers will be drawn Saturday night for the seventh-largest jackpot in USA history - $570 million before taxes. For the Powerball, there have been seven $2 million tickets sold since October 28, 26 tickets worth $1 million and 85 tickets ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. (more...)
Man seriously injured after object explodes outside Stockholm subway station Man seriously injured after object explodes outside Stockholm subway station
- January 07, 2018

A 45-year-old woman has also been taken to hospital with injuries, according to reports . It then exploded and injured him "seriously". "According to information, the injured man picked up an object from the ground", confirmed a police spokesman. (more...)
Bomb cyclone's path of destruction on United States' east coast Bomb cyclone's path of destruction on United States' east coast
- January 07, 2018

Areas around Boston were forecast to see about one foot (30 cm) of snow on Thursday, and the National Weather Service predicted a similar amount and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour (90 kmph) in New York City . As much as 20cm (eight inches) of snow was expected to fall across the city. The impending storm has prompted more than 2,700 preemptive United States flight cancellations for Thursday, Flightaware.com reported. (more...)
Federal Judge dismisses claims against David Clarke Federal Judge dismisses claims against David Clarke
- January 07, 2018

A federal judge on Friday dismissed most of a civil rights lawsuit against former Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. over an incident at Milwaukee's Mitchell airport previous year. "While Clarke's actions reflect poor judgment, they do not shock the conscience", Stadtmueller said. Well, yeah, Clarke will face trial January 22 for that last bit. (more...)
Thousands fall for satirical Donald Trump 'gorilla channel' tweet Thousands fall for satirical Donald Trump 'gorilla channel' tweet
- January 07, 2018

He said his journey from "Very successful businessman", to reality TV star to president on his first try "would qualify as not smart, but genius. and a very stable genius at that!" Fairly reported or not, there's little doubt that Michael Wolff's White House tell-all, Fire and Fury , has had an indelible impact. (more...)
Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C
- January 07, 2018

The NSW Rural Fire Service is warning residents to prepare their bushfire plans. They've also informed residents that if they are considering leaving their homes, they should do so earlier rather than later. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) confirmed the preliminary data, saying it was the highest temperature recorded by a weather station in the Sydney metropolitan area. (more...)

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